Huddle Set to Race at NYRR New York Mini 10K

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This year’s roster for the NYRR New York Mini 10K on June 9 is gearing up to be an exciting race between some of the world’s best pro athletes. This week, it was announced that Molly Huddle would also be racing in the iconic event next month.

A three-time United Airlines NYC Half winner, Huddle will compete against three-time TCS New York City Marathon champion and the Mini 10K defending champion Mary Keitany along with 2018 Boston Marathon champion Desi Linden. In 2014, Huddle ran the Mini 10K in 31:37, the fastest-ever time by an American on the course. The following year, Keitany finished in 31:15 to become its new champion and repeated that win in 2017 with a time of 31:20.

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The women’s open division will include runners from nine different countries including 10 Olympians. Joining the headliners will be second- and third-place Boston finishers, Sarah Sellers and Krista DuChene. One competitor to also keep your eye on over the weekend is Aliphine Tuliamuk who recently won both the USATF Half Marathon and USATF 25km races this month. The latter was a three-peat win for her.

On May 21, the Kenyan tweeted her enthusiasm to return to the race saying “I am excited to head back to NYC this summer for the 3rd year in arrow to run #Mini10k. [Thank] you @nyrr for giving me another opportunity to mix it up with some of the world’s fastest women! #Mini10K.”

During last year’s race, Keitany had a lead of more than 48 seconds against the rest of the field when she broke the tape. This year, if she takes the lead again, we’re likely to see a battle between Tuliamuk and Huddle for second, with both having similar personal bests of 31:52 and 31:21, respectively, in this distance.

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Sitting in the middle of the field is Linden with a personal best of 33:02 in this event. Fresh off her win in Boston, this could possibly push her to chase down another “W,” but more than likely, we won’t be seeing her podium this race. With Sellers, although she could surprise us, her personal best is one of the slowest times among the pack with a time of 35:33. Only one other runner sits below her, American Jessica Chichester at 37:47 in the 10K. But, as the newly-sponsored Altra runner is wont to do, she may shock us yet again.

The Mini 10K will also feature a professional wheelchair division for the first time this year. Among its competitors are four Paralympians: Amanda McGrory, Chelsea McClammer, Susannah Scaroni and Michelle Wheeler. They’ll be racing against five-time New York City Marathon champion and the 2018 Boston Marathon women’s wheelchair winner Tatyana McFadden.

Here’s a look at the full professional athlete fields for the race:

Professional Athlete Field – Open Division

Name                                      10K Road Personal Best

Charlotte Arter, GBR              32:19

Stephanie Bruce, USA            32:55

Jessica Chichester, USA         37:47

Adriana da Silva, BRA            34:40

Sophie Duarte, FRA                32:21

Krista DuChene, CAN             32:41

Roberta Groner, USA              34:19

Molly Huddle, USA                 31:21

Mary Keitany, KEN                 30:41

Desiree Linden, USA              33:02

Amanda Marino, USA            34:18

Ivette Mejia, USA                    33:41

Askale Merachi, ETH             33:08

Diane Nukuri, USA                 31:49

Beverly Ramos, PUR              33:17

Betsy Saina, KEN                    30:46

Sarah Sellers, USA                  35:33

Aliphine Tuliamuk, USA        31:52

Eva Vrabcova, CZE                  33:07

 

Professional Athlete Field – Wheelchair Division

Name                                      10K Road Personal Best

Tatyana McFadden, USA        23:15

Amanda McGrory, USA          23:30

Chelsea McClammer, USA     23:34

Susannah Scaroni, USA          24:01

Michelle Wheeler, USA          28:13

The 10K race will begin on Central Park West at 61st Street and will end at 67th Street on West Drive. Runners will compete for a $10,000 first-place prize in the open division and $1,250 in the wheelchair division. Pro races will be live streamed on USATF.TV.

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